America Eats Tavern
1700 Tysons Boulevard
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel
Mclean, VA 22102Neighborhood:
Tysons Corner / McLean
AmericanPrice: $31 to $50
America Eats Tavern
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.americaeatstavern.com/
- Phone: (703) 744-3999
- Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 11:00am
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
Weekend Breakfast/Brunch: Saturday-Sunday: 7:00am - 2:30pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: American
- Executive Chef: Nate Waugaman
- Dress Code: Smart Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
A word from America Eats Tavern
Under the direction of renowned chef José Andrés, America Eats Tavern pays tribute to the country’s culinary legacy with a sophisticated menu reflecting native ingredients and classic dishes throughout history. Here you’ll find traditional variations of soups and salads, sandwiches, seafood and meats, as well as innovative creations by José and his team. An expansive seafood bar, variety of oyster dishes and selection of local hams reflect local and historical roots to complement the menu's seasonal offerings. A drink menu traces the evolution of the cocktail in America throughout a range of eras, while the wine list highlights local and remarkable vineyards and producers throughout the nation. America Eats Tavern’s patriotic and stylishly artistic setting within The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner is the perfect setting for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and serves as the ideal gathering place for and around the Northern Virginia and the Washington area.Continued
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America Eats Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
270 reviews since July 31, 2014
- Ambiance3.8Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (137)good for groups (89)great for brunch (77)great for lunch (73)special occasion (62)neighborhood gem (50)hot spot (41)notable wine list (31)vibrant bar scene (29)kid-friendly (20)romantic (10)late-night find (4)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (2)Show More
- Nothing specialPotomacFoodyVIPDined on 11/21/2014I appreciate the local twist and ode to historical Americana, but the service was not what I would have expected in a Jose Andres restaurant in the Ritz Carlton. It was no better than an "On the Border" or similar. The manager was very attentive and apologetic for when the hot sauce dumped out of the bottle or when the pumpkin pie a la mode came out pumpkin pie first, then the a la mode side of vanilla ice cream followed 5 or 10 minutes later. The food itself was nothing special at all. We had high hopes despite the less than extraordinary reviews posted by other past patrons. I don't think we will be going back...and I am sad to say that because I had hoped Tysons was finally getting a good restaurant that was not a chain-type place.
- Food Fit For HistoriansBClarkeVaDined on 11/18/2014This new (relatively) outpost of America Eats follows the original location in DC, near the National Archives. Similar to the original version, this incarnation features unique takes on American dishes, each of which has a story of how it was developed. Not only are the dishes good, they change from season to season. I've been twice to this No VA location, and use it for business lunches when I want to impress with both creativity and good food. Come prepared to look across the whole menu, pick some dishes that attract you, enjoy them, and come expect to come back. Bob CSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Worst of Tyson's CornerRickGVIPDined on 11/16/2014Impossible to find without GPS and even then, we had to guess that we were taking the correct elevator from the parking garage, because there were no signs with "America Eats" and no elevator with the address of the restaurant (1650 works if you want to go despite this review). After our brunch, I asked why did we go through all that? We never received any catsup that we asked for and we had to repeat our request for tea and coffee halfway through the meal. The food was OK, but would have to be spectacular for me to make that trip again. I would only recommend it to someone staying at the hotel in which it is located.
- José Andrés hits it out of the park again!FlavoredAirDined on 11/15/2014After eating at Jaleo and Cafe Atlantico, I couldn't resist trying another one of José's restaurants, and this one did not disappoint. The format of the restaurant was very much like Brian Voltaggio's new "Family Meal" restaurant in Frederick, MD, except slightly more formal, and with a more diverse menu. My group shared the breadbasket with cornbread and biscuits, the cheese plate, and the hush puppies - all of which were fantastic and cooked perfectly. The berry butter that came with the bread was delicious, and the preserved walnuts that were served on the side of the cheese plate were addictively great. All in all, I can't wait to return to try more. It was a fantastic restaurant and experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Beautiful restaurant, bu overpricedfoodfiendVIPDined on 11/14/2014The restaurant is beautiful, but $12 for apple pie a la mode is ridiculous! Should specify what salad dressing comes with the entre salads on the menu.
- disappointedembarrassedDined on 11/12/2014changed original reservation from 10:00am to 11:am. Arrived on time and waited for service. Had to flag down the hostess to serve to get someone to serve us. Dining room was empty had to keep waiting for someone to walk by to get things that were missing from our table. Coffee with no spoon. Wanted some salt for my eggs had to wait to see someone for that. Everyone was in the banquet room having a meeting we were told. Fine, then don't let people make reservations when the staff is all tied up in a meeting. I brought my girlfriend there telling her it was a really nice place. I was embarrassed.
- xxxxxxVIPDined on 11/11/2014Main dining room is very noisy. Request seating the bar area.Special Features:
- Master of FlavorsAmantediTavolaVIPDined on 11/11/2014Came for a light lunch but ended up too tempted by the menu. Wonderful drop biscuits. Our apps -- one of the best versions of steak tartare ever tasted (and expertly made table side as if it were 1950's) and an intensely flavored mushroom soup. Then fried chicken (like home although a bit greasy) and a wonderful lobster roll (a hybrid of the hot butter and mayonnaise versions) with perfectly cooked claw and knuckle meat. The only small negative -- potato chips not served warm and very oddly spiced (pumpkin spice latte?). Not as good as on other occasions when they were hot and plain. Excellent service throughout. So many interesting items left to taste on future visits. Andres continues to be master of flavors.Special Features:
- mjl1Dined on 11/7/2014Good history lesson on food...great food...fun timeSpecial Features:
- Great Birthday VisitladyjusticeVIPDined on 11/1/2014It was my friend's birthday, and boy did she feel special. First of all, you walk through the Ritz Tysons so it's already an elegant visit. Our server, Edwin, was AWESOME! Warm, very attentive. Though it was 1215 or so, we ordered breakfast, which was delicious and very filling, in fact, filled me for the whole day! Our server brought us a glass of sparkling wine to celebrate a birthday and dessert, with a candle. (I had noted on Open Table reservation that we had a birthday). Love the light, bright restaurant. Everyone was friendly and really made my friend feel special on her birthday. Great visit and we will be back!!Special Features:
- Okay...DCinDCDined on 10/31/2014Maybe I chose the wrong lunch (chicken pot pie), but it was just okay. Nothing to write home about, especially at the prices charged.
- Give It a PassLeftHungryVIPDined on 10/26/2014Service is adequate when it should be great. Looking cool in a tight white shirt with sleeves rolled up for the now obligatory kitchen tats doesn't make up for ever having to find your waiter. I have no problem paying for a bread basket but I have had much better corm muffins of off food trucks. The drop biscuits are good but my daughter's were exceptional and she made them for the first time. The pot pie is bland, the fried chicken was perfectly cooked but the breading itself was not seasoned and the side which is a kind of deconstructed cole slaw looks like the ingredients before you make a dish. This is not great cooking but might be if Andres cooked at his attributed restaurants. Corporate food with a chef name doesn't cut it.
- Not worth itluv2eatDined on 10/26/2014This was my 3rd time here and will be my last. Sorry Jose. We invited friends for Sunday brunch. First, at 11:00 am they were out of fresh squeezed orange juice. It's brunch, being out of orange juice is missing one of the basics. The order was 4 American Breakfasts (eggs, bacon or sausage, hash browns and toast), one Eggs Benedict and one Fried Chicken. Nothing out of the ordinary for brunch. The food took so long that we were given a complimentary bread basket for the wait. The restaurant was not full so I have no idea why the food took so long. The American Breakfast is $24. It is nothing to write home about. The Eggs Benedict is average. The Fried Chicken was great and is the only positive thing I can say.
- Great place!OpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 10/24/2014A unique take on classic American dishes. The hush puppies were a treat and the fried chicken and cole slaw took it to a whole new level. The wait staff were friendly and helpful.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- JiminMcLeanJiminMcLeanDined on 10/23/2014All four members of our party were very disappointed. The food was very good. However, the service was mediocre (at best) and the noise level made it near impossible to have good conversation over dinner - and we were given a supposedly quiet table. There seemed to be a disconnect between the kitchen (each of the four of us enjoyed our meals) and the overall service and management of the place. For example, one member of our party was given the wrong menu, and the service between courses was very slow. The whole experience other than the food seemed amateurish. We all agreed we would never go back.
- Very good, needs some tweaks.OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 10/23/2014The food was fabulous, as one one would expect from a Jose Andres restaurant, but a bit pricier than we think was warranted. The wasn't a printed menu describing the oysters they had on special, and we ended up spending about $60 on what we thought was a sampling of oysters! Our dinner for 4 people ended up being well over $300, which we were not expecting at all. Our server was a bit aloof - he would pay attention to us briefly and then totally ignore us until he wanted us to order the next course. No in-between "how is your food" or "can I get you another cocktail" or explanation for why our appetizers took 30 minutes! Overall I think this would have been a better experience if we had had better service.Special Features:
- an off day?dineindishindcDined on 10/22/2014I think we were there on an off day. Give it a go and see how things for yourself. We had a few surprisingly disappointing service issues. most of the staff seemed miserable. our final server was a delightful breath of fresh air. Food was simple but good. soup and salad make a VERY light meal. burger is a reasonable size. great bun. "chips" have an interesting & tasty mace spice mix on them. VERY few vegetarian options. love the look and feel or the décor, the open kitchen and the "uniforms". wanted to love it, but I won't be back which is a shame because that space is special to us. I will stick to J.A.'s other places. But like I said, its worth a try.
- greatOpenTable Diner Since 2011VIPDined on 10/17/2014WE had the chicken pot pie and it was like grandma dreamed of making. The desserts were wonderful as well.Special Features:
- Good but loudJeffVIPDined on 10/16/2014Nice but not dazzling. Very creative menu, big on deconstruction and reinvention (though the fried chicken was pretty straightforward). Wine list gets pricey fast, but the $20 corkage is reasonable. Try for a table in the back room; the bar area was LOUD.Special Features:
- Great food but...ammbrVIPDined on 10/15/2014The food was fantastic! Everything from the Hush Puppies to the Chicken Pot Pie was delicious. Our server was very helpful & attentive but he had several tables which made service quite slow. Unfortunately, the hostess was extremely inattentive as she spent several moments handling a phone call before acknowledging our party. She then tried to seat us in the very noisy bar area while the dining room was near empty. She expressed her annoyance when we asked to sit away from the loud bar & seated us in the dining room with few words. We were also disappointed with the sky high price point of the wine list.Special Features:
- Easy BrunchOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 10/12/2014Went for a quick brunch while shopping in Tyson's. Service was excellent, the twist on eggs benedict with lemon foam and pork belly was delicious. Hush puppies were very salty, as the other food seemed under seasoned.Special Features:
- Cute atmosphere, delicious foodButtercupDined on 10/12/2014I stopped in here for a bite before doing some shopping. Little did I realize that it was brunch time at 1 o'clock, and nothing on the brunch menu really appealed to me. However, my waitress was kind enough to let me order off of the dinner menu and I chose the chicken pot pie. It was fantastic! Full of fresh seasonal vegetables that were seasoned perfectly and then topped with a flaky buttery crust. Perfect for a crisp fall day. Every person who worked there was very attentive, but not overbearing, and made sure that I was enjoying my meal. I would eat here again without hesitation.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Parent's Anniversary BrunchHayMazzVIPDined on 10/12/2014I came here with my family to celebrate my parent's anniversary. It's inside the Ritz, so we thought it was a great idea for a special occasion. The decor inside is different and unique-somewhat historical-but the place wasn't that fancy and ,during the day, wasn't necessarily cozy. The service was good-a bit slow-but there was a huge party next to us that was possibly slowing down our service. I got the Tomato Eggs Benedict and it was OK. It lacked in flavor. My boyfriend got the fried chicken and kimchi slaw and that was very tasty. The slaw, especially, was good and different. The bloody mary was great, but the options weren't different than your typical brunch cocktails. I would come back for dinner to give it a second try.Special Features:
- Jambalaya rockssussVIPDined on 10/11/2014With the she crab topping, this jambalaya rocks! It is as authentic or better than a jambalaya in NOLA...Special Features:
- Not up to the hypeOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 10/9/2014I love the concept. It was really eager to try the restaurant. The food unfortunately was very disappointing.
- California GirlCaliforniagirlDined on 10/6/2014I was very excited to try this restaurant, since I've enjoyed other Jose Andres restaurants I'd been to recently. This one however, was a big disappointment. Expensive food, for only okay food. Our starter was steak tartare which was pretty good, but our main course was tasteless. We had the cedar wrapped salmon, anticipating a smoky flavor but there wasn't any flavor at all, just bland. In addition, the portions were very small. This would have been alright if we were ordering a small plate, but at $28.00 we expected a bit more. The waiter was pleasant, but seemed to be a little programmed. Our bill came to $140.00 (minus desert) for two, definitely not worth it.
- not the bestenriqueDined on 10/5/2014the peanut soup was terrible too little lobster in the lobster roll
- Great Addition to Tyson's DiningJMinAshburnVIPDined on 10/4/2014We have dined at America Eats a couple of times and have had a terrific experience. While we enjoy fine dining that is fancy and frou frou, my husband and I always say, we prefer classic dishes done really well, and this place does exactly that. In addition to great food and ambiance, the service is the best we've seen. Specifically, this past weekend, I had notified the restaurant that we were stopping by for a quick pre-theater meal and would have to hit the road at a certain time to make the show. Our server was fantastic, he checked on us just enough, our entrees came out promptly, but not in a way that we got everything at once and were rushed, but rather, timed just right. Definitely a favorite of ours.Special Features:
- Noisy but niceTuckinalexVIPDined on 10/3/2014Hard surfaces everywhere contribute to a noisy environment and it wasn't that busy at lunch. That is the only negative about AET. Great and knowledgeable service. Fantastic bread basket, especially the biscuit; worth the charge. Phenom crab mac and cheese dish made with vermicelli rather than noodles. The lobster roll was served warm, a first for me but very tasty. Really superb cup of coffee. Charming ending included serving the bill in a child's book. Valet service is only $4 but didn't like that the charge was included in the bill which made figuring out the tip more difficult especially when splitting the bill with someone who had free parking. That needs to change; payment should be separate. And try their handmade sodas!Special Features:
- Elegant ComfortFoodnDrinkGuyDined on 10/2/2014An eclectic decor somewhere between mid-century chic and guess whats behind the door. The food and service were excellent. I highly suggest this place. Much more life to it than the former proprietor.Special Features:
- Best shrimp n' grits, not servicefoodie007VIPDined on 10/2/2014We had lunch here; the place was full. I had the best shrimp n' grits in this place, to me the best in the area. It is one of my favorite dishes. I just didn't like it that the hostess wanted to tuck us in the corner. The rooms also seem to be segregated - one room for whites and the other for all others. The waiter was on the pushy side also. I guess he does not subscribe to folks who eat moderately and don't want to gorge themselves in the interest of their health and diet.
- Women on WineMissPickyDined on 10/1/2014Birthday occasion; Yanci, our server, is beyond excellent and I shall ask for her tables when I return. She deserves accolades from her manager. My burger just average; crowded plate with far too many chips, very small burger - too small to be cooked medium or medium rare. Lobster roll delicious; shrimp and grits tasty but pretty spicy. Great atmosphere. Chef was happy to serve our own cake and even provided a candle.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- foodiewant2bDined on 9/30/2014The food was very traditional and for the most part sold, just not anything special. I didn't think it was worth the money. We had a vegetarian in our group and there was no main entre for her. Do not get the peanut soap, all four of us tried it and didn't like it.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 9/28/2014The restaurant décor is high concept and very interesting, the menu, the same. Inventive riffs on American classics...the service just misses the mark forcing you to focus on it (or lack of it) detracting from the overall experience and quality of the food.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- America Eats Awesome BarTpartyDined on 9/27/2014Date night at America Eats started with awesome drinks at the bar, elegantly made- tried some new drinks - very tasty, subtle and light Martinez and refreshing Moscow Mule. The dinner menu, however, was a bit strange with too many sandwich choices and too few "true" entrees that didn't seem to go together or same par as the drink options. Had the short ribs which were fatty - which I like - but my companions not so much. It was paired with beans and rice...beans and rice? Really? Was a bit surprised at final bill $$$...perhaps we had too many drinks.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- I want to like itCraigVIPDined on 9/27/2014I want to like Eats. Their concept of food from American culture has so much appeal. The food we ate was well prepared, the ambiance is creative, and the service was good. There is just something which misses the mark. Tables are a little too close if you are a party of two. I asked for a different table, which needed busing, the table was then cleaned three separate times and we sat down but with no menus. Server eventually provided and he was very good. There is a lot on the menu but I found it a little hard connecting an appetizer and two main dishes which all made sense. They were good when they arrived but my scallops looked tiny compared to wife's' chicken pot pie. Less than sum of it's parts and i hope it improves.
- So good ate there 2 nights in a rowIrene270Dined on 9/27/2014We couldn't decide what to order- so many good choices that we came back the next night too! Great food and cute decor too. I like that the celebrates local Virginia culture by putting a new spin on old classics. The location is a bit odd on the 4th floor of the Ritz but worth the trek in from the street and up the elevator.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Totally unimpressive.Arlingtonolrea1Dined on 9/26/2014Cannot recommend at all. Went to America Eats Tavern expecting a good experience. Best thing was the waiter; extremely good. Hearing our conversation about starting with ham biscuits he suggested that we go with the hush puppies instead. They were very good. Perhaps we should have had him order our entire dinner as the rest of the meal was underwhelming to say the least. Steak Tartare was good but bland; could have been eating anything - no distinctive taste at all. My cobb salad was the worst I have ever had. Chicken was uniformly cubed and dry and the shredded lettuce was just plain weird. All of the salad ingredients were bland and so-so. Another in our party had the short ribs which she declared too fatty. Totally unimpressive.
- InterestingJujuDined on 9/23/2014Took out of town guests for the American aspect on food. Food was good but though they enjoyed the Peanut soup, we thought it was very bland. Eggs a la Benedick was tasty. Blackened scallops and Chicken Pot Pie were very good as well. Enjoyed the Beet salad. Felt the menu was a little limited since it is a lunch and dinner combined and has several sandwiches which I don't like to have for dinner. Waiting staff could have been a little more attentive but once they were at table, they were informative and easy to converse with regarding food and drink choices. Easy to get to at the Ritz and parking is taken care of by the restaurant or the hotel.Special Features:
- An excellent must try!OpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 9/20/2014No issue with service, in fact service was the best I've had, well ever! There were a few "bumps" with the meal but they were PROMPTLY taken care of 100%! The "pudding" is still great, lamb and short rib-excellent and the peach cobbler and lemon meringue a must have for dessert! Only issue the "grilled oysters" come out luke warm (they are NOT like when they had them last-totally different) and the mace on top of them-bad of them. A must try restaurant!Special Features: